Dr. Efrem Smith is a pastor, consultant, speaker, and author. He is passionate about life transformation, racial righteousness, thriving churches, and community development. Efrem was the founding pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church, a multi-ethnic church in Minneapolis, MN, Rev. Smith served as the Superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. He also served as the President and CEO of World Impact, an urban missions organization. Currently, Rev. Smith is the Co-lead Pastor of Bayside Church Midtown, a thriving and multi-ethnic community in Sacramento, California. He is the author of Raising Up Young Heroes, The Hip Hop Church, Jump, The Post-Black and Post-White Church, and Killing Us Softly.
Efrem is a graduate of Saint John’s University and Luther Theological Seminary. He has an earned doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Seminary and has received an honorary doctor of ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. Efrem is married to Donecia and is the has two daughters, Jaeda and Mireya.